Firhouse was historically the site of a small rural settlement near the Dodder river bank. In the 14th century, the City Weir was built in the Dodder there, named after Balrothery, the district on the opposite bank of the Dodder, and much of the Dodder’s water was diverted to the course of the River Poddle to supply Dublin City, which at that time was very much smaller than it is today.
The settlement grew further in the 19th century, and a number of mills existed in the vicinity, including a paper mill across the river. By the 1910s, the village already extended for half a mile, with a school, church, convent, public house and two blacksmiths, but the population remained small until suburban development began in the 1960s and 1970s.
Firhouse is located close to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains in an area that was predominantly rural a few decades ago. It is situated on the eastern bank of the River Dodder, 2 km downstream from Tallaght village and a little upriver from Templeogue. Development only began in recent decades.
Firhouse is located at Junction 12 on the M50.
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Amenities in Firhouse include a community centre, Firhouse Community and Sports Complex, which is home to various sporting teams, and the local Scout Den, as well as a youth club. There is also a shopping complex on Firhouse Road which contains a supermarket, Firhouse Credit Union, a post office, Chemist, coffee shop hairdresser, two chip shops and car a wash. Local pubs include “The Speaker Conolly”, Mortons which is also known as “The Firhouse Inn” and Delaneys.
Neighbouring Ballycullen is home to “Scholars” pub and two local “Spar”
The town centre of Tallaght, including local government amenities and a major shopping complex is within a 10 minute drive of Firhouse.
Firhouse is in the Rathfarnham Garda District.
Local primary schools are Scoil Carmel (a Junior National School) and Scoil Treasa, and there is also a second-level school, Firhouse Community College.
Scoil Carmel and Scoil Treasa
These are National Schools, Scoil Carmel having Junior Infants – Second Class, thus ranging in age from 4 to 8, while Scoil Treasa takes 8 to 12 year olds.
Firhouse Community College
Formed in 1982, and currently with over 600 students and 60 staff members, there is a Sports Hall, a multi-sport arena and a large playing field, which is used as a home venue for football and rugby matches for the school teams.
Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club (bodengaa.ie) is a Ireland’s largest GAA club and its catchment area includes Knocklyon, Firhouse, Ballycullen, Ballyboden and Rathfarnham. The club has 78 teams catering for all ages from 6 years to age to adult level. Ballyboden St Endas also has a number of societies within the club to cater for members who would like to express themselves in ways other than on the playing pitch. They have a very active Drama Group, Art Society and Walkers Club. The club is also one of the most successful clubs on the Dublin GAA scene in recent times and there is no doubt but that this is due to the excellent underage coaching structure developed over many years at the club. Bayyboden St Endas have their headquarters on the Firhouse Road, but also have excellent facilities at Sancta Maria on the Scholarstown Road, as well as playing pitches on the Oldcourt Road and at Ballycullen.
Dublin hurling goalkeeper and All Star, Gary Maguire hails from Firhouse. He was also the Captain of the Ballyboden St Endas hurling team who in 2010 won the Dublin championship for the 4th time in a row and was goalkeeper again in 2011 when they completed an historic 5 in a row,
Firhouse Carmel Football Club (Firhouse Carmel F.C.), based at Firhouse Community Centre, caters for over 300 schoolboys and girls from the local area, in 22 teams. Playing grounds are at Carrigwood and Scholars pitches, and 2005 saw Brian Kerr open the purpose-built changing rooms at the Community Centre after years of fundraising. The club is sponsored by Reagans, SuperValu.
Local Leinster Senior League side Firhouse Clover also avail of the clubhouse facilities and play their league games at Firhouse Community College.